Petition to Mark Harper MP, David Davies MP, Nick Ramsey MP
Chepstow needs a bypass
Chepstow is constantly in traffic chaos! Even without an accident or breakdown there are queues to get through from the English side throughout the day but once there is anything out of the ordinary, Chepstow becomes gridlocked very quickly. CHEPSTOW NEEDS A BYPASS!!!!
Petition to Every Albanian Government since 2013 general elections
Complete the construction of the Arbëri Road - Ndërtoni sa më shpejt dhe me standarde Rrugën e Arbërit
Dibra është një nga krahinat më të pazhvilluara në Shqipëri. Rruga e Arbërit do të lidhë Dibrën me rajonet e tjera të vendit duke i dhënë një shtytje shumë të nevojshme ekonomisë lokale. Rruga do të lidh edhe Tiranën me Maqedoninë duke përmirësuar ndjeshëm infrastrukturën në këtë pjesë të Ballkanit. *********** Dibra is one of the most underdeveloped regions in Albania. The Arbëri Road will connect Dibra with the rest of the country giving a much needed boost to the local economy. The road will also become a new vital route between Tirana and Macedonia thus improving considerably the infrastructure in this part of the Balkans.
Petition to torridge district council, Mr Cameron MP
Stop Mega Factory Farm Dairies ...
In 2009/10 Mr Peter Willes of Parkham Farms was the lead in the Nocton proposal to set up a mega-dairy of 8000 cows. It quite rightly caused a howl of protest. This application was defeated but Mr Willes continues to build these monster dairies where over 1000 cows are held in sheds 24/7 all year. These dairies are cruel and cause serious environmental damage. It is often called 'zero-grazing' when cows are never allowed in fields. It is a nasty form of farming... and it is entirely unnecessary. We do not need this kind of farming. The price of milk is dropping through the floor because there is a huge global over-supply and there has been for some years. It is simplistic to just blame the supermarkets and processors, though they are not entirely innocent. The current situation has been exacerbated by China's restrictions, Russian sanctions and the end of milk quotas... but the real problem is the over supply generated by farmers like Mr Willes. The positive feedback of falling prices due to oversupply, leading to yet larger production units with the inevitable increase in the oversupply problem has decimated the industry and caused endless hardship for responsible small scale farmers and their families. The small employment provided by these large industrial units is no compensation for the loss of livelihoods and the many other problems they cause. In Hartland in Devon an enormous slurry lagoon has been built, without even asking for permission, in the middle of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Since then the whole area has suffered considerable environmental damage and several people blame their health problems on it and have had to leave. The cows... well they are healthy when measured in terms of milk yield but just look into their eyes. It is sad to see. It is in complete contrast to cows in fields that show curiosity and a spectrum of social behaviors. Please help us stop this kind of farming by helping us stop this lagoon. It is the first step. There are 20 of these Mega Dairies in the UK and the number is increasing. Help us stop this lagoon and start the fight back through changes to the law and planning regulations. For more information and to object: http://stopit.org.uk Also see: http://toomuchslurry.co.uk ... sign up to the newsletter which is tirelessly updated by Jeremy Roe Thank you for your support !
Petition to David Small
Ban US-style factory farms in the UK
A public outcry has brought attention to plans for a huge, 40,000 pig factory farm near Limavady, in the picturesque landscape of Lough Foyle. We are calling on David Small (Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency) for an immediate ban on the building of factory farms! Please sign the petition today. If the Limavady pig factory is built, at any one time, up to 40,000 pigs would be confined indoors in overcrowded, barren concrete pens. Antibiotics are commonly overused in factory farms just to keep the pigs alive in such terrible conditions. These pens become a breeding ground for antibiotic resistant bacteria that can pass from pigs to humans. Neighbours will have to suffer the stench of 66,000 tonnes of faeces (in the form of liquid slurry) being spread on surrounding fields every year - close to houses, schools and public footpaths. There has been an alarming 26% rise in intensive US-style factory farms in the UK since 2011 - whilst simultaneously the number of smaller, high welfare farms has drastically declined . In Northern Ireland alone, permissions are currently being sought for 14 further pig factories, so stopping the Limavady proposal would potentially close the sluice gate to further applications. This spike in pig farm applications was caused by inflated subsidies for Anaerobic Digesters, which generate electricity from pig waste. The waste slurry from this process still contains high levels of ammonia which cause respiratory problems in humans and pollutes sensitive natural habitats. According to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, 98% of ‘Special Areas of Conservation’ have already exceeded the critical threshold for ammonia at which ecological damage occurs. All UK taxpayers will have to pay the cost if Northern Ireland is fined for breaking the ‘Nitrogen Directive’. James Orr, director of Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland, says: “Northern Ireland is already plagued by shocking levels of ammonia emissions. Releasing further ammonia from pig slurry into Northern Ireland’s ecosystems will lead to environmental disaster. Intensive agriculture and the associated problems with a massive increase in pig slurry cannot be the path to a healthy future for Northern Ireland.” Tracy Worcester, director of Farms Not Factories, says: “Manure from pigs kept at lower densities in a more natural environment is an invaluable fertiliser, not a toxic pollutant. We can use the power of our purse to only buy from real farms, not animal factories. When buying pork, look for the high welfare labels Outdoor Bred, RSPCA Assured, Free Range or, best of all, Organic. Find out how to boycott pork from factory farms by reading at our Guide to Labels & Supermarkets.”
Petition to Enfield Local Authority
PROTECT the Green Belt and Open Spaces in Enfield
GREEN BELT LAND AND WILDLIFE UNDER THREAT Fairview New Homes are proposing to build on Green Belt land on Enfield Road (EN2 7HX). For many years this land has been used for grazing horses and is the habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including hedgehogs, bats, muntjac deer, pheasants, owls, woodpeckers and many species of birds. It also contains beautiful specimens of ancient oak trees and hedgerows. THIS IS ALL NOW UNDER THREAT. Local residents, The Enfield Society, The Western Enfield Residents Association, Campaign for Rural England, The London Green Belt Council, Local Ward Councillors believe that Enfield should retain its Green Belt land and the wildlife that live there. Any threats by developers should be fought by local people and those that care about the natural environment. This land is Green Belt and an Area of Special Character as detailed and confirmed by Enfield Council. Forming part of the Merryhills Brook Valley extending down to Boxer’s Lake and its Green Chain link, it performs an important function extending the Green Belt up to the urban edge and creating a separation between Slades Hill (World’s End) and Oakwood. This forms an important and valuable connection passing through the Green Belt. Enfield Road Watch, an action group committee has been formed to oversee things on behalf of residents and the wider community concerned about this proposal, along with the other Societies and Associations mentioned For more information please visit our website at: www.enfieldroadwatch.co.uk Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/save_green_belt Follow and like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enfieldroadwatch/ Thank you for your support and together we can make a difference! Enfield RoadWatch Action Group
Petition to Sheffield City Council, firstname.lastname@example.org, David Wain
Save the 12 Trees on Rustlings Road, Sheffield
We, the undersigned, refute the assertion that the felling of Lime (Tilia sp.) trees on Rustlings Road is necessary. Instead, we demand, and believe it imperative, that sensitive engineering solutions (1) be adopted and implemented to enable the long-term retention of these trees. Evidence indicates that such large trees contribute significantly to local climate regulation (2), filtration of atmospheric pollutants (3), sustainable urban drainage (4), biodiversity (5), ecology (6): health and wellbeing (7) and amenity (8); through their beauty and our pleasure of its enjoyment, which enriches our lives. Twelve trees are marked for destruction, for 'damage to pavements'. We believe the damage is minor and does not significantly impair accessibility for disabled people, or the use of prams and pushchairs. It is our opinion that sensitive engineering solutions, such as pavement restructuring and localized remediation near trees, with kerb stones sculpted to accommodate root morphology, would represent a sustainable solution to perceived problems. Loss of these Lime trees would represent a significant loss of a valuable foraging resource for bees (honey from Lime flowers is much prized) and particularly for bats, as the Lime Leaf Aphid (Eucallipterus tiliae) – a favored prey item - only occurs on Lime trees. Lines could be painted on the road to prevent parking under trees, thereby minimizing the risk of damage to vehicles, to a level firmly within the “broadly acceptable region” of tolerability (9). Sub-veteran, mature trees, such as these Limes, represent our cultural heritage (10) and are irreplaceable. We demand that alternative, sensitive engineering solutions be implemented as an alternative to felling. References: 1) Trees and Design Action Group. (2014) Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery. TDAG http://www.tdag.org.uk/trees-in-hard-landscapes.html 2) Forestry Commission (2011). The UK Forestry Standard: The governments’ approach to sustainable forest management. 3rd ed. Edinburgh: Forestry Commission. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/ukfs 3) Karl, T., Harley, P., Emmons, L., Thornton, B., Guenther, A., Basu, C., & Jardine, K. (2010). Efficient atmospheric cleansing of oxidized organic trace gases by vegetation. Science, 330(6005), 816-819. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6005/816.short Escobedo, F., Kroeger, T. & Wagner, J. (2011). Urban forests and pollution mitigation: analyzing ecosystem services and disservices. Environmental Pollution, Volume 159, pp. 2078-2087. http://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?cluster=14928633190131047233&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5 4) Trees and Design Action Group (2012). 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Health effects of viewing landscapes – Landscape types in environmental psychology. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 6, p. 199-212. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1618866707000416 9) The National Tree Safety Group. (2011). Common Sense Risk Management of Trees: Guidance on trees and public safety in the UK for owners, managers and advisers. Forestry Commission Stock Code: FCMS024 ed. Edinburgh: Forestry Commission. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/publications.nsf/searchpub/?SearchView&Query=(FCMS024)&SearchOrder=4&SearchMax=0&SearchWV=TRUE&SearchThesaurus=TRUE 10) de Groot, R., Alkemade, J., Braat, L. & Hein, L. (2010). Challenges in integrating the concept of ecosystem services and values in landscape planning, management and decision making. Ecological Complexity, Volume 7, p. 260–272. http://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?cluster=17957884838351513211&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5
Petition to Lady Sylvia Hermon, FM ARLENE FOSTER, Jeremy Corbyn MP
Please save our Victorian homes of 11-17 Southwell Road, Bangor, Co. Down from demolition and allow all residents to remain living there.
Please could you support our petition regarding saving numbers 11-17 Southwell Road. Currently, as part of the Queen's Parade development, there is a planned proposal to demolish these homes. The homes are situated at the Southwell Road/ King Street perimeter, and are not a hindrance to the Queen's Parade development which is taking place. It is not as if these houses are an obstacle to the development, as they are not actually in the centre of the site. The Queen’s Parade development can be built without demolishing these houses. In two of the development plans, the proposal was to keep the houses. Therefore, surely it is not a requirement to remove them. What is the problem in keeping them we ask! Is it another money making exercise for the developers?We do not see the point in knocking down unique, Victorian homes which are in good structural condition and a key part of Bangor's heritage, in order to replace them with 2019/ 2020 modern flats. Regarding number 15, the Reynolds family have lived there for 85 years. This property was the residence of the late Dr. Hugh Francis Reynolds M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., who held his practice there, and his wife Mrs. Mabel Reynolds. Other residents were J.J. Reynolds (retired RIC Police Officer) and F.J. Reynolds (retired RAF/ Royal Mail Manager). The current resident is Gavan Reynolds. The Reynolds family, who stay in Scotland, visit their ancestral home regularly, and also consider it their home that they love dearly. These are not just buildings, but homes with a background and culture, which are significant to those living there. Remember the Tonic Cinema, Pickie Pool, Barry's Amusements, the beaches and other Victorian homes! These are all key pillars of Bangor's culture, which were demolished. The people of Bangor deserve better, and we should preserve Ulster and Ireland's heritage. Please sign to save our homes. Your support is greatly appreciated. Many thanks,Gavan and Frank Reynolds
Petition to Glasgow City Council, Historic Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Restore Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow to create a shipbuilding heritage park #SaveGovanDocks
We the undersigned request Glasgow City Council, along with other relevant stakeholders, support the renovation of the Govan Graving Docks at Clydebrae Street in Glasgow to create a shipbuilding heritage park on the site. As much as possible of the existing dock structure should be retained, including the renovation of the pump house building as a café and visitor centre. The site is Category-A listed and identified in the Register for Scotland as being at risk. It is a significant part of the city’s industrial heritage however since closing down it has fallen into disrepair through years of neglect. It consists of three large drydocks that were capable of accommodating the largest ships in the world when they were built. The dock walls are of solid granite and despite showing much cosmetic wear they are likely to be structurally intact. Most other docks in Glasgow have been filled in to make way for modern developments and this is one of the few remaining docks on the Clyde, apart from those still in operation, that have not been completely filled and built over. As such any modern developments that would destroy the character of the site should be ruled out. A shipbuilding heritage park would be a major tourist attraction for Glasgow and fit well with other redevelopments in the surrounding area such as Pacific Quay and the Riverside Museum. Further information on the site is available at http://www.buildingsatrisk.org.uk/details/909298 The site is one of the most important features of Glasgow's industrial heritage and represents a major opportunity to educate future generations about the city's past in a way that is more meaningful than looking at old photographs in a museum. Glasgow was once at the forefront of global shipping and there is still potential for Govan Graving Docks to be used partly as a working dry dock again. This could allow restoration of historic ships to de done as a key feature of the development. A shipbuilding heritage park it has been estimated could create up to 250+ meaningful long term jobs and learning opportunities for young people in heritage, skills preservation, leisure, tourism and urban ecology. This would be a major boost to a city that is seeing a proliferation of low-grade retail. If developers are allowed to build luxury flats on these docks then this opportunity will be lost forever.